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In a trailer park, isolated mothers pursue a shared dream

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“Zindy is a Mexican immigrant and domestic abuse survivor who lives with her five children at an isolated Atlanta-area trailer park. She notices that other park residents — immigrants from Mexico and Central America — struggle with the same issues she does, such as English fluency, reluctance to trust others, and limited access to education and other services. Zindy views their shared isolation as an opportunity and unites mothers in the community with similar cultural norms and practices — not to address shared problems, like domestic abuse, but to realize their common dreams for their children. This is the story of how they forged cultural ties and mutual trust, and the confidence to seek outside help in creating an escuelita (“little school”).”
Grade Level
6-8
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
LEARNING PLAN

Experiences of the Enslaved

  • Explain the growing resistance to slavery and New Jersey's role in the Underground Railroad.
  • What were the violent and non-violent methods of resisting slavery?
  • How does Harriet Jacobs' narrative shape our understanding of the system of American slavery?
  • Grade Level
    6-8
    Subject
    Reading & Language Arts
    Social Studies
    Social Justice Domains
    LEARNING PLAN

    Gender Issues

  • What makes us who we are?
  • How are our identities today shaped by society?
  • Do the ways we present our identities change depending on where we are or the people we are with?
  • Grade Level
    Subject
    Social Studies
    SEL
    Social Justice Domains